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Chalikendy M.A.,Al-Buraimi University College
International Journal of Applied Linguistics and English Literature | Year: 2015

This paper explores the ways in which literature function as a source and as a meaningful context for teaching and learning English as a second language or foreign language. It claims that literature is an authentic, stimulating and appealing material to the learners. Therefore, it encourages interaction, promotes language development and motivates learners in the process of learning. Traditionally it is taught as an academic subject without considering its potential in ESL/EFL classrooms. The paper argues that literature can be used as an effective source for teaching English language and the target culture; furthermore, it is used as a natural context for integrating language skills and systems. This paper demonstrates how a poem is used as a natural source or a material for developing English language and integrating the four language skills, grammar and vocabulary through communicative tasks and activities. © 2015, Australian International Academic Centre PTY LTD. All rights reserved.

Mohammed AlKhoudary Y.A.,Al-Buraimi University College
International Journal of Applied Linguistics and English Literature | Year: 2015

This study explores the role of writing in developing students’ critical thinking. It also sheds light on traditional writing assignments which fail to help students develop their comprehension of course content and evaluate their writing products critically. Moreover, this probe is to discover learners and teachers’ attitude towards the role of critical thinking in promoting the writing skills at AlBuraimi University College (BUC). The result of this study focuses on the effect of integrating critical thinking on learners’ performance. The procedure of this investigation is based on a combination of qualitative, quantitative (1) one hundred students who are taking writing course are selected randomly and divided into two groups; (2) pre- and posttests conducted to both groups; (3) twenty teachers were selected randomly (10 males and 10 females); questionnaires are administered to EFL teachers at BUC. The findings of this study illustrate that students who write critically are mostly motivated and their performance is affected positively. It also reveals that there are significant differences in posttest scores between treatment and controlled group. Moreover, teachers’ response to questionnaire supports the idea of integrating critical thinking in teaching the writing skills at BUC. Thus, is recommended that teachers should use thinking skills to enhance students’ writing performance and creativity. © 2015, Australian International Academic Centre PTY LTD. All rights reserved.

Jabeur N.,Arab Open University | Sahli N.,German University of Technology in Oman | Khan I.M.,Al-Buraimi University College
Procedia Computer Science | Year: 2013

We survey the sensor network holes from a cause-effect-solution perspective. We first propose a new taxonomy (PLMS) which classifies holes into type groups according to the cause of anomaly. We discuss the effects of holes on the sensor network. Finally, we survey the different curative approaches (prevention, detection, repairing, avoidance). © 2013 The Authors. Published by Elsevier B.V.

Bassily A.M.,Al-Buraimi University College
Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Part A: Journal of Power and Energy | Year: 2015

Increasing ambient temperature significantly reduces the efficiency and power output of the combined cycle power plant. Gas turbine (GT) inlet-cooling decreases air temperature at the inlet of the air compressor; thus, reduces the work of the compressor and increases the mass flow rate and power output. The steam-cooled GT has a higher output per kg of inlet air than the air-cooled GT; therefore, for the same power output, the mass flow rate and as a consequence the cooling load is lower for the steam-cooled GT. Accordingly, the impact of applying GT inlet-cooling on the performance of the combined cycle is expected to be different for the steam-cooled GT from that for the air-cooled GT. For hot and humid climates, the typical GT inlet-cooling techniques of evaporative, inlet-fogging, and desiccant-cooling are not effective while absorption and refrigeration GT inlet-cooling systems consume significant amounts of energy, which influence the efficiency and power output. In this paper, novel GT inlet-cooling techniques that take advantages of the process air and exhaust heat energies are introduced. The commercial STAG 107H steam/air-cooled GT combined cycle with such innovative GT inlet-cooling systems are modeled. The effectiveness of the novel cooling techniques is compared with that of the available GT inlet-cooling systems of inlet-fogging, refrigeration, and absorption. The impacts of varying ambient temperature and relative humidity on the performance of the commercial combined cycle with the different GT inlet-cooling techniques are presented, compared, and the results are discussed. The results indicate that the introduced innovative techniques for GT inlet-cooling are the most suitable for hot and humid climates with improvements of up to 1.2 percentage point in the combined cycle efficiency and 1.4% in the power output when compared with the refrigeration and absorption GT inlet-cooling systems. © IMechE 2015 Reprints and permissions: sagepub.co.uk/journalsPermissions.nav.

Al-Emran M.,Al-Buraimi University College | Shaalan K.,The British University in Dubai
2015 International Conference on Advances in Computing, Communications and Informatics, ICACCI 2015 | Year: 2015

In the last few years, the way we learn has been significantly changed from traditional classrooms that depend on printed papers into e-learning relying on electronic teaching material. Contemporary educational technologies attempt to facilitate the delivery of learning from instructors to students in a more flexible and comfortable way. Mobile learning (M-learning) is one of such pervasive technologies that has been evolved rapidly to deliver e-learning using personal electronic devices without posing any restrictions on time and location. Literature that sheds light on using M-learning in various institutions of learning is beginning to emerge. The work in this paper demonstrates the state of the art of the M-learning. It discusses learners' and educators' attitudes towards the use and adoption of M-learning. Advantages and disadvantages of M-learning were also presented. The integration and implementation of M-learning with other technological resources has been described. Factors affecting the students' and faculty members' attitudes towards the use of M-learning have been demonstrated. Moreover, the new trends and challenges, which are evolved while conducting this survey, are explained. © 2015 IEEE.

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